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Fred Hatfield

Fred James Hatfield
Born: March 18, 1925 in Lanett, Ala.
Died: May 22, 1998 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Debut: 1950 | Pos: 3B
H: 6'1" | W: 171 | B: L | T: R
9 722 2039 259 493 25 165 15 .242

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Fred Hatfield, a former major leaguer and college coach, died on May 22, 1998 in Tallahasse, Fla., following a battle with cancer. He was 74.

He hit .242 in his nine-year career in the major leagues. His career numbers include 259 home runs, 493 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Hatfield debuted in the majors on August 31, 1950 with the Boston Red Sox.

Following his career as a player, Hatfield was a coach in the major leagues and a minor league manager and scout. He served as Florida State's head baseball coach from 1964 to 1968.

In June 1952, Boston traded Hatfield, along with Walk Dropo, Don Lenhardt, Johnny Pesky and Bill Wight to the Detroit Tigers for Dizzy Trout, George Kell, Johnny Lipon and Hoot Evers. He was traded again in 1956 when the Tigers sent Hatfield and Jim Delsing to the White Sox for Bob Kennedy, Jim Bridewser and Harry Byrd.

In 1957, he was traded by the White Sox, along with Minnie Minoso, to the Indians for Early Wynn and Al Smith. In April 1958, he was traded by the Indians to Cincinnati for Bob Kelly.